Meet the expert!  We are so thrilled to introduce you to Kimberly Hopf, Interior Design Manager at Veridian Homes.  Kimberly is a high-energy person with a superb eye for home design.  Let’s get to know her!

In costume for Halloween.  Kimberly is shown on the right dressed as Joanna Gaines and Lyndsay (Interior Designer at Veridian Homes) is shown on the left dressed as Nicole Curtis.

V:  What design trend do you find most inspiring?

K:  My absolute favorite design trend is mixing new material with old/salvaged items! I have a soft spot for chippy-rusted shutters paired next to a sleek-clean quartz countertop! 

Photo of Kimberly’s father installing a reclaimed barn door in the lower level of her home.

V:  Since you’ve been with Veridian for almost four years now, you have to have some fun customer stories.  Can you tell us a favorite one?

K:  Receiving an email after a homeowner has moved in is so enjoyable. I love getting a glimpse into their everyday life, and seeing how their new home has taken on their personality. In one instance, I was lucky enough to enjoy a glass of champagne in a custom bar we designed (after 5pm of course!).

V:  Can you talk about an evolving design trend?  Do you see anything on its way out?

K: Grey is taking on a new life, and turning into a softer-easier to work with “greige”. I just read an article in Elle Decor that introduced “Mushroom” as the new color tone. Is warmer than grey but cooler than taupe. So it’s a cooler toned greige!!! I’m so excited about this new trend! 

Image via Elle Décor

V:  For those of us on a budget, could you give us insight on a few cost effective options to add extra flair to a Veridian home?

K:  It’s all about your ‘pop of wow’…like putting your jewelry on in the morning! #1, Focus on your cabinetry! You’d be surprised what crown molding, beautiful hardware and a unique feature like a wine/display area or open shelving can add!  Or, #2, Consider an accent paint color in your dining room, tray ceiling, the sides of your fireplace or a bedroom! 

V:  Where do you personally source your own home décor?

K:   I’m always on the lookout for great pieces! I shop everywhere, often! A few favorites are HomeGoods, Target, Joss and Main, and then I hit salvage/junk stores similar to Deconstruction Inc. and Bulldog. Don’t put pressure on yourself to find a specific item at a certain time…it will come together over time, and it’s so fun to swap things out and keep it fresh!

Image via Deconstruction Inc.’s Facebook Page.

V: What do you enjoy doing most within your role?

K:  I thoroughly enjoy meeting with homeowners and listening to their personal stories, as well as hearing their visions and dreams of their new home.